Strategies for Social Change

Following are different strategies I have identified for social change led by and with young people. These strategies can be approached individually, but are often entwined as they show different aspects of social change. Note that these are broad strategic frameworks for understanding social change; they aren’t necessarily specific activities or methodologies. I might exploreContinue reading “Strategies for Social Change”

Youth Work on AutoPilot

Thinking can feel like a luxury. In times when we’re deep in the work we do and the ways we get it done, it can be nearly impossible to take care of ourselves. We are so busy meeting the needs of the kids, filling out forms for our bosses, or writing up the report forContinue reading “Youth Work on AutoPilot”

Olympia—Partners Needed for a Youth Event

Talking with a number of young people in Olympia in informal settings, I recently discovered there is a desire for a youth leadership training for them. However, without money to attend, these “nontraditionally engaged” youth don’t feel like they can do it. So I’m going to pull together a one-day youth action training here inContinue reading “Olympia—Partners Needed for a Youth Event”

10 Steps To Youth Integration

Challenging youth segregation can be tricky. Anyone who advocates for youth involvement, youth engagement, youth voice, youth empowerment, or youth rights is ultimately calling for the same this: the integration of young people in our society. As it stands, young people are routinely segregated from a lot of places. This includes the institutions that serve themContinue reading “10 Steps To Youth Integration”

Good News for Pittsburgh Youth!

Adam’s note: This is the second of many posts I’m writing for a blog called AfterschoolPGH. I’m taking the privilege of reposting it here for your reading pleasure and my future reference! The news doesn’t generally tell us is how excellent youth today are. Despite the pressures of a crumbling economy and failing social safetyContinue reading “Good News for Pittsburgh Youth!”

Safe Spaces for Young People

When adults speak about safety, we’re often referring to the scourge of physical violence that is redefining the lives of all children and youth across the United States today. With the horrors of school shootings, the terror of gang violence, and the rage of bullying tearing apart families and communities everyday, the presence of physicalContinue reading “Safe Spaces for Young People”

3 Tips for Excellent Youth Programs

“Some programs suck,” said Latisha as she sunk into her chair, arms folded. Jennifer piped in, “Yeah, teachers can just be rude and get away with it.” “Ah man, I had this one who tried to pick a fight with me just because I had to go to the bathroom,” volunteered a guy everyone calledContinue reading “3 Tips for Excellent Youth Programs”

Youth Involvement in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania

Adam’s note: This is the first of many posts I’m writing for a blog called AfterschoolPGH. I’m taking the privilege of reposting it here for your reading pleasure and my future reference! Since the 1970s, there’s been a national movement to promote youth voice. Funny enough, there’s never been just one definition of youth voice,Continue reading “Youth Involvement in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania”

Neoliberalism in Youth Programs

Democracy is a practical, hands-on approach to operating our society. Everyday, every young person can contribute to the health and well-being of themselves, their families, their neighborhoods, the nation, and the world. That’s the power of democracy today: More than ever before, it’s changing the world. But there are forces trying to undo democracy. RightContinue reading “Neoliberalism in Youth Programs”

Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide

NOW AVAILABLE on AMAZON.COM: The Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide   “This guide is an introduction to youth-driven programming for nonprofits, government agencies, and other youth-serving organizations. The booklet gives a definition and compares approaches, and then provides planning tools, evaluations and assessments, and more. It includes the Ladder of Youth Voice, rubrics for assessingContinue reading “Freechild Project Youth-Driven Programming Guide”